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Gardener, I go out in the garden, where I have some large ex paint tins.
I soak the ply in the water butt, then wedge it against the inside of the tin with a stick of bamboo, until the sun has dried it. By then it's nicely curved and can be glued to your frame members, you made while it was drying, out of 3mm ply. Make sure the top really IS dry and then weight down the structure while the glue is setting thoroughly. I've just made a long section of deck/hatch for my Chris Craft version of a Sea Hornet that way.
Slightly more comfortable - The bending is done simply by soaking in hot water for 10 - 15 mins and then forming around a suitable paint tin/circular object and left a couple of days to dry. The skins must be absolutely dry before fitting as further drying out when glued to the bulkheads will twist the whole hull.
I see no real difference. You go over, I go inside. Water is the really important thing and hot or cold makes no odds. As I've been doing this during this year's strong sun, the water in the ply gets hot anyway. I also only dip it in once and then slam it in the tin. I have never found the need to soak it for ages. Of course it won't hurt it, just not really necessary. 3" thick x 10" wide oak, however, needs up to 5 hours in a steam chest. And you get exactly 7 minutes before it goes rigid again. Ask me how I know
Gardener, what is that little square supposed to mean? I haven't even got one on my keyboard.
Did I say it was green? I wondered what it meant as it appeared on its own. I don't do emoticons, I think they're corny.
My "steam" computer is the same as those in my Health centre's consultation rooms, but with a more usable graphics card.....he said like he'd know it from a hole in the arse! I don't possess a mobile' phone, which is why you can usually understand what I type as no mad auto type thing is trying to take over as it does with Klevafones acting as computers.
When I typed that, the little thing on the left said Forum posts: 666, but it no longer does, oddly. People have this thing about the number.
And I would say the doctors use the machine that most reliably runs the NHS programme they all use. They have updated the appointments system (with no obvious improvements), but the normal medical files aspect always seems to work very well and they are very good at reminders, etc. compared with my last surgery.
A hair dryer/heat gun played on one side of the ply while bending it to the hot side. bend it a little more than needed and hold in that position or strap it in position round a tin till cool. Oh yes wear gloves to save your fingers.👍 Or get some flexi ply. it is made easily bendable in one direction. Can be rolled very tightly. used in cabinetry in kitchens etc for boxing in curves.👍
Hi Martin, ALL Dumbphones and PCs (or better said the browser used on the PC) have these irritating auto correct / auto type functions. BUT they can always be switched OFF. Just look in the [Settings] of your web browser. Cheers, Doug 😎
Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change, - the Courage to change things that I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference!